Letters 10-24-2016

It’s Obama’s 1984 Several editions ago I concluded a short letter to the editor with an ominous rhetorical flourish: “Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 and the grand opening of the Federal Department of Truth!” At the time I am sure most of the readers laughed off my comments as right-wing hyperbole. Shame on you for doubting me...

Gun Bans Don’t Work It is said that mass violence only happens in the USA. A lone gunman in a rubber boat, drifted ashore at a popular resort in Tunisia and randomly shot and killed 38 mostly British and Irish tourists. Tunisian gun laws, which are among the most restrictive in the world, didn’t stop this mass slaughter. And in January 2015, two armed men killed 11 and wounded 11 others in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French gun laws didn’t stop these assassins...

Scripps’ Good Deed No good deed shall go unpunished! When Dan Scripps was the 101st District State Representative, he introduced legislation to prevent corporations from contaminating (e.g. fracking) or depleting (e.g. Nestle) Michigan’s water table for corporate profit. There are no property lines in the water table, and many of us depend on private wells for abundant, safe, clean water. In the subsequent election, Dan’s opponents ran a negative campaign almost solely on the misrepresentation that Dan’s good deed was a government takeover of your private water well...

Political Definitions As the time to vote draws near it’s a good time to check into what you stand for. According to Dictionary.com the meanings for liberal and conservative are as follows:

Liberal: Favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs.

Conservative: Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditions and limit change...

Voting Takes A Month? Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast Oct. 6, over three weeks before Election Day. Bob Ross (Oct. 17th issue) posits that perhaps evacuation orders from Governor Scott may have had political motivations to diminish turnout and seems to praise Hillary Clinton’s call for Gov. Scott to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline due to evacuations...

Clinton Foundation Facts Does the Clinton Foundation really spend a mere 10 percent (per Mike Pence) or 20 percent (per Reince Priebus) of its money on charity? Not true. Charity Watch gives it an A rating (the same as it gives the NRA Foundation) and says it spends 88 percent on charitable causes, and 12 percent on overhead. Here is the source of the misunderstanding: The Foundation does give only a small percentage of its money to charitable organizations, but it spends far more money directly running a number of programs...

America Needs Change Trump supports our constitution, will appoint judges that will keep our freedoms safe. He supports the partial-birth ban; Hillary voted against it. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, critical issues are at stake. Trump will increase national security, monitor refugee admissions, endorse our vital military forces while fighting ISIS. Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence will be an intelligent asset for the country. Hillary wants open borders, increased government regulation, and more demilitarization at a time when we need strong military defenses...

My Process For No I will be voting “no” on Prop 3 because I am supportive of the process that is in place to review and approve developments. I was on the Traverse City Planning Commission in the 1990s and gained an appreciation for all of the work that goes into a review. The staff reviews the project and makes a recommendation. The developer then makes a presentation, and fellow commissioners and the public can ask questions and make comments. By the end of the process, I knew how to vote for a project, up or down. This process then repeats itself at the City Commission...

Regarding Your Postcard If you received a “Vote No” postcard from StandUp TC, don’t believe their lies. Prop 3 is not illegal. It won’t cost city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal bills or special elections. Prop 3 is about protecting our downtown -- not Munson, NMC or the Commons -- from a future of ugly skyscrapers that will diminish the very character of our downtown...

Vote Yes It has been suggested that a recall or re-election of current city staff and Traverse City Commission would work better than Prop 3. I disagree. A recall campaign is the most divisive, costly type of election possible. Prop 3, when passed, will allow all city residents an opportunity to vote on any proposed development over 60 feet tall at no cost to the taxpayer...

Yes Vote Explained A “yes” vote on Prop 3 will give Traverse City the right to vote on developments over 60 feet high. It doesn’t require votes on every future building, as incorrectly stated by a previous letter writer. If referendums are held during general elections, taxpayers pay nothing...

Beware Trump When the country you love have have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against a possible Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed as a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country...

Picture Worth 1,000 Words Nobody disagrees with the need for affordable housing or that a certain level of density is dollar smart for TC. The issue is the proposed solution. If you haven’t already seen the architect’s rendition for the site, please Google “Pine Street Development Traverse City”...

Living Wage, Not Tall Buildings Our community deserves better than the StandUp TC “vote no” arguments. They are not truthful. Their yard signs say: “More Housing. Less Red Tape. Vote like you want your kids to live here.” The truth: More housing, but for whom? At what price..

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Hot Dates

Dates Jamie Kauffold Author Talk & Signing: Andrew Graybill, “The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West”:.
Monday, January 27, 2014

Hot Dates

Dates Jamie Kauffold 1920s through the 1960s. 7pm, Carnegie Bldg., Petoskey. 231-758-3100. Radcliffe Reading Society:.
Monday, June 16, 2014

Shows, Walks & Fairs

Art Al Parker Art lovers on the prowl for a special painting, sculpture or pottery can find a high quality show almost every weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day across northern Michigan. Here are details on some of the most popular shows and art fairs across the region.
Sunday, December 28, 2014

Dates 12-29-2014

Dates Jamie Kauffold 21st Annual Downtown Bridal Show. Sunday, January 4. Over 35 vendors will come together to showcase all things wedding at the City Opera House in Downtown Traverse City from noon to 4pm. A wedding fashion show will take place at 3:15 pm. Free admission. City Opera House, 106 East Front St.
Monday, January 26, 2015

Dates 01-26-2014

Dates Jamie Kauffold Much more than just the “Little Folksinger,” singer, songwriter, activist, & independent entrepreneur Ani DiFranco brings her latest release “Allergic to Water,” which includes personal reflections of her life in New Orleans. Presented by Porterhouse Productions at the City Opera House, TC this Friday, January 30 at 8pm.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Get Out To The Art Shows!

Features Al Parker Whether you’re a curious collector or an avid art lover looking for a special piece, there’s a high quality art show somewhere in northern Michigan nearly every weekend this summer. Here are details on some of the region’s most popular art shows and fairs.
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Dates 06-27-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Weird Al Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour Concert comes to the National Cherry Festival on Sunday, July 5 from 8-11pm at the Festival Open Space Park Central, TC. Best known for hit song parodies such as “Amish Paradise,” “Eat It” & “White & Nerdy,” this comedy recording artist is a three-time Grammy Award winner.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Dates 05-14-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Bring your best “Ode to Asparagus” to the Empire Asparagus Festival on Friday, May 20 – Sunday, May 22 to compete in the oral poetry contest. There will also be a dance & pig roast, 5K, recipe contest, games, a parade, live music & more. empirechamber.com.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend Kicks off Summer Fun

Features Kristi Kates

Running all weekend (May 28–30) at Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City is the historical recreation of events that took place in 1753 between the Native American tribes, French, and British, and followed by an evening of fireworks. For more information: mackinawcity.com

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Dates 05-28-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Don’t miss the 7th Annual Dirty Dog Dash, where you will cover 5 km of mountainous terrain with many obstacles thrown in along the way! Held on Saturday, June 4 at 11am, near the base of the Meadows Lift at Boyne Mtn. Resort, Boyne Falls. Also enjoy live music & more! boyne.